The Center provides workshops to promote independent living, physical wellness, and improved mental health. Workshops are held at the Center or in conjunction with community partners throughout the Twin Cities. All of our evidence based workshops are led by Center staff or volunteers with specialized training/certifications, and are based on the latest evidence to produce positive outcomes for participants, translating research into programs that make positive real change in participants lives. Programs offered include:

A Matter of Balance
Developed by Boston University and Maine Health’s

Partnership for Healthy Aging, A Matter of Balance is: 
•A 2 hour workshop held each week for 8 weeks
•Designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults 
•Developed to help participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance. 

Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance 
The most exercise-focused of our evidence-based programs, this workshop aims to help older adults improve their balance and reduce the likelihood of falling through the practice of Tai Ji. Developed by Dr. Fuzhong Li at the Oregon Research Institute, Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance is: 
•A 1 hour workshop, held twice a week for 12 weeks
•Exercise-based with no “classroom” or discussion component
•Designed to improve balance and prevent falls in participants of various ability levels. 

Healthy Moves for Aging Well 
Developed and tested by Partners in Care Foundation, Healthy Moves for Aging Well is: 
•A 12-week in-home intervention 
•Designed to enhance the activity level of frail, high-risk sedentary seniors living at home 
•Designed to assess and improve individual abilities in three areas-flexibility, strength and endurance 
•Developed to provide social support towards setting goals and monitoring changes in physical activity for home-bound, frail adults. 

Powerful Tools for Caregivers 
Powerful Tools for Caregivers provides caregivers with self-care tools to help take care of themselves while caring for a loved one. Developed by Stanford University, Powerful Tools is: 
•A 2 hour workshop, held each week for 6 weeks 
•Shown to positively impact caregiver health for a diverse group of caregivers including ethnic minorities, adult children of aging parents, and partners. 
•For individuals at differing stages in their caregiving role, living situations, financial and educational backgrounds. 

Paths to Faithful Caregiving 
Paths is a unique caregiver education workshop which provides participants with a chance to consider how their faith impacts- and is impacted by- their caregiving. Paths is: 
•5 individual 2-hour workshops. 
•Designed to provide practical information that incorporates faith-based exercises in 
goal-setting, meditation, and relaxation activities 
•An opportunity to learn from other caregivers in a supportive environment. 

Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health (REACH)
REACH is a 1-on-1 evidence-based intervention  between a caregiver and a trained consultant. REACH is:
•A series of at least 4 personalized sessions
•Intended to educate and support caregivers on both care receiver behavior and caregiver burden
•Scheduled at home or in the office in order to accommodate the caregiver’s preferences as much as possible.

Living Well with Chronic Conditions 
This program, developed Stanford University, will provide the support needed to find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment choices, and learn better ways to talk with your doctor and family about your health. Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshop is: 
•2.5-hour Living Well workshops held for 6 weeks. 
•An opportunity to learn from trained volunteer leaders with chronic health conditions themselves
•Aimed at setting your own goals and a step-by-step plan to improve your health—and your life. 

Diabetes Self-Management 
This workshop for individuals with type 2 diabetes provides helpful techniques on how to deal with the common symptoms of fatigue, pain, stress and frustration through education on appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance. Developed by Stanford University, this workshop is: 
•2 ½-hour Self-Management workshop held each week for six weeks
•An opportunity to learn from trained volunteers and participants living with diabetes
•Aimed at setting your own goals and a step-by-step plan to improve your health—and your life.